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  • Mar 11, 2011

    Observant readers catch editor’s error 1

    In a recent commentary about picking cotton—actually about my mother picking cotton since I was of little use in the endeavor, being only four or five years old at the time—I was guilty of a math error....More
  • Feb 24, 2011

    Cotton mill tour rekindles memories

    The first real job, the first work I did for which I got a company paycheck, was in a cotton mill. The summer after I graduated from high school my dad pulled some strings, 100 percent cotton I suspect, and got me a job on the first shift at the Dan River Cotton Mill in Liberty, S.C....More
  • Feb 21, 2011

    I remember picking cotton as a kid but it wasn’t worth $2 a pound in ‘53

    If cotton had been selling for $2 a pound when I was a kid, my whole life might have changed. One of my first memories is picking cotton with my mom in a field beside the frame house she and dad rented....More
  • Feb 3, 2011

    It’s a good day to work from home

    On days like this I’m glad I work from home....More
  • Jan 24, 2011

    Trip to BCS National Championship Game about more than just football

    For those of you who are not college football fans, and for those who are but who were not cheering for Auburn University on Jan. 10, allow me a brief indulgence while I reflect upon my recent trip to the BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Ariz....More
  • Jan 12, 2011

    Dick Winters, a true American hero, dead at 92

    Major Dick Winters, hero of Band of Brothers book, TV series, has died....More
  • Jan 11, 2011

    Another Beltwide success story 1

    We have achy feet, sore backs, bloodshot eyes and tinges of carpal tunnel syndrome from relentless typing and scribbling notes. Acid reflux has been our constant companion for the past three days and we’ve missed more sleep than a typical first-semester college freshman pledging a fraternity. We’ve survived another Beltwide Cotton Conference....More
  • Jan 7, 2011

    North Alabama’s “Farmer Emeritus” shares rich life expriences with others

    It has been noted recently that the overall number of World War II veterans is shrinking rapidly, at the rate of about 900 per day, and as these members of this “Greatest Generation” pass from among us, many of their stories go with them. In recognition of this, scholars, historians and others are diligently interviewing and talking with surviving veterans to help insure their life experiences are recorded for posterity’s sake, and rightfully so....More
  • Dec 22, 2010

    In season of peace and hope, both seem ever elusive

    In Christmas season of peace and hope, both seem ever more elusive...More
  • Dec 10, 2010

    Pop’s workshop 1

    One of the great pleasures of summer when I was a boy was spending a week on my grandfather (Pop) Griffith’s farm. The opportunities for fun were seemingly endless....More
  • Nov 22, 2010

    Satellite radio recalls bygone era

    If someone had told me 30 years ago that I would someday pay to have a radio installed in my vehicle and then pay a monthly fee to listen to it I would have accused them of serious insanity....More
  • Nov 15, 2010

    Changing government easier said than done

    After the elections: changing government is easier said than done. Turning Washington around is like reversing the course of an ocean liner — it takes some mighty heaving on the rudder....More
  • Sep 20, 2010

    Peanuts and football save the day in Germany

    Peanuts and SEC football make for an interesting night in Germany....More
  • Sep 9, 2010

    America's greatest generation of farmers

    America's greatest generation of farmers: gratitude, goodbyes...More
  • Aug 26, 2010

    How to stop a thief

    The caution comes from out west, but the message fits all: With an increase in rural crime, do what’s needed to lock down your valuable farm property....More
  • Aug 24, 2010

    Am I A Corporate Lackey?

    My journalism professors used to rant on and on about not using shopworn, hackneyed phrases, and I’ve gotten away from them for over 30 years now (the phrases and the professors), but I just don’t know any other way to explain the latest rash of Internet feed back I received from a story....More
  • Aug 15, 2010

    East Alabama Crops Tour continues tradition

    There seem to be fewer and fewer real traditions anymore, those events and customs that we can depend on occurring year in and year out, without fail....More
  • Aug 11, 2010

    How sweet it is

    Ran across an interesting item out of the University of Florida earlier this week. Seems a team of researchers at UF’s North Florida Research & Education Center near Quincy have discovered that saccharin — the artificial sweetener — may help ward off soybean rust....More
  • Aug 2, 2010

    Farmers get their chance to shine

    Farmers rarely get their due, especially when it comes to public recognition. Sure, the popular press will search out a grower or two whenever a natural disaster like a drought or flood occurs....More
  • Jul 28, 2010

    Where have they gone?

    They had names — Meredith Farms, Smith Bros., Hudson Planting Company. At one time they numbered in the hundreds around a given gin community and in the thousands in many a county across the South. And they had basically one purpose, carrying cotton from the field to the gin....More
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